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RATINGS: 668   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This beer is made in the pumpkin beer tradition, except instead of pumpkins we used yams, and lots of them! A big Belgian-style brown ale of 10% ABV, this one is bringing pumpkin beers (or yam beers) into new territory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Pours medium brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, molasses, a faint trace of alcohol, cranberry, and lots of clove. Flavor is spicy - cinnamon, allspice, and lots of clove are accompanied by a sweet, nutty maple flavor with some alcohol presense. Mild fruity tartness is not enough to balance the residual sweetness. Yams really come through in the finish. Pretty substantial body with moderate carbonation. Fun and interesting, but I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one glass of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle Pours a murky brown amber with a good light tan head. The head is lasting and laces okay. Has a sweet aroma of yams, spices, and maple syrup. The carbonation is good. Has a good flavor with spices and a slight burn. Has a full body. The texture is watery but it is the best watery beer I have tasted. Has a good finish and a nice aftertaste. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2008 Bottle - Thanks Buckeyeboy! - Pours a thin dk brown with no head...yup, a still beer...aroma is sitcky sweet molassas, spice, dk plum, something vegetal...taste is similar, I swore I tasted yam, but Sam called bullshit and I second guessed everything after that...taste is pretty nice, cinnamon, nutmeg, candy sugar, yam (fuck you Sam, I know what I tasted)...yes it’s sweet and a bit loose, but I still really liked it...good in the cooler months leading to winter, pretty darn good...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle. Wow, this is a sweet mess. Only place for this one is the drain. Horrible. Terrible. Georgia football in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Sampled on 10/2/2009. This spiced ale pours a deep copper amber color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is maple syrup, malt, pumpkin/yams and spices. A medium bodied Belgian style spiced ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, brown sugar and maple. Hops are earthy and floral. The yams add a nice flavor to the beer. Nice spicing. Nice sipping beer. The flavors mellow and intensify some as it warms. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2009
Delicious. I love what is happening here. Had some on draft at Rattle n Hum in NYC. Big nose of spiced pumpkin/yam. Pleasing maple-red hue with an easy, slight white head. Taste is sweet, rife with pumpkin and yam and notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as a hint of maple syrup. Very smooth, especially considering its ABV. Finishes nicely with a marvelous, rich aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4172) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours mahogany into a Trappist glass. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Yam and nutmeg aromas. Thanksgiving yams in drink form: yams up front smothered in vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4536) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
At Cheeky Monk. Maybe I should have ordered pancakes instead of eggs. Dark amutumn amber. Thin head. Meaty aroma from the yams. Moderate spice. Big spice flavour and ABV. Yams are softer than expected. Not as enjoyable as expected. Big ABV for pumkin-type beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a syrupy amber with a light brown head. Aroma is syrupy with plenty of maple notes and an odd potato note, which probably comes from the yams. Flavor has a bit of an alcohol bite with a maple undertone. There is a bit of an odd flavor that I can’t put my tongue on, but I am guessing that comes from the yams.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2009
20091006 750ml bottle from State Line. Dark copper, caramel color with slight off white head that fades quickly to nil. Aroma is mulitgrain bread, definitely sweet and pumpkin/yammy, and with moderate but pleasant nutmeg and yeasty spice. Mild carbonation, could have used more to break up the slightly heavy sweetness (for a Belgian), but otherwise it’s fine and the finishing alcohol is appropriate. Flavor gets more and more yammy with temp, and it’s surprisingly enjoyable. Lingering spice and stickiness. Fun beer that avoids being overdone.

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